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  1. King Komp

    That’s a really good one.
  2. King Komp

    That's right: I meant the kind of piano player or bass player who you almost don't know is there. You just notice what a great album it is, and how unusually self assured and creative the horn player seems.
  3. King Komp

    The forum has all kinds of threads, but I don't think that there is as yet a thread dedicated to members' favourite players in accompanist roles. Not just musicians who do a solid job of playing the chords in the background, but musicians who, by mere dint of being there, can tie an entire group together, and really sell the leader in his or her role, without stealing the limelight or necessarily even taking a solo. My own choice for this category would not cause me a moment's thought: John Hicks. He is on all manner of records as a sideman during his height, from very straight ahead neo bop to Chico Freeman and Pharaoh Sanders. It's no accident that the records that those last two cut with him are (in my opinion) their best (in Chico's case) or a complete revival in quality (in Sanders').
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Hampton Hawes - The Green Leaves of Summer (Contemporary, 1964)
  5. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Just finished: Jeff Watts - Citizen Tain (Columbia, 1999) Now onto: Mary Halvorson - Meltframe (Firehouse 12, 2015)
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Stan Getz etc. - The Brothers (Prestige, 1956)
  7. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Uri Caine - Urlicht / Primal Light I liked the Gramophone's review.of this when it came out: "While the project should appeal to admirers of Frank Zappa, ‘cutting-edge’ jazz and BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It, it won’t be every Mahlerian’s cup of borscht.'"
  8. What music did you buy today?

    Are these tapes?
  9. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    I really enjoyed this one, after streaming it following a recent mention in a thread around here somewhere.
  10. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    James Carter - Layin' in the Cut (Atlantic, 2000)
  11. Benny Golson

    It doesn't help retrospectively that much of his career was for the "wrong" labels. From the standpoint of 2021, being on Blue Note means you are reasonably famous still. Being on New Jazz, less so. Argo? Nope. It took me a while to get to Golson. It involved one day noticing how much certain albums sounded like each other, and then joining the dots and realising it was because they were all playing that very distinctive Golson material. He's not my favourite horn player, but he's pretty enjoyable and his arrangements and tunes really are great. I asked the question above because, whilst liner notes are always unreliable (being a form of press), liner notes for Golson records or the Jazztet seem a bit more hagiographic than you'd expect for someone of his current standing. I wondered if he was an A Lister at the time who has fallen from view with the passing of time. From the above, it sounds like he wasn't really.
  12. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Arthur Doyle Plus Four - Alabama Feeling (Ak-Ba, 1977) Saturday night good times.
  13. Benny Golson

    Sorry to not have been clearer, but I was referring to the album, conventionally called "Moanin'" after the famous Bobby Timmons tune, not to the tune itself. All the songs on it other than Come Rain or Shine and that track are written by Golson, and as a result the record very much has the "sound" of a Golson record from the late 50s. My recollection is that he also gets the most solo time overall, although I haven't sat down with a watch to check. Thanks. That probably is it, isn't it? It also explains the way his career mapped out too.